Learn how non-traditional grammar instruction helps your students and struggling writers improve grammar and write effectively for academic purposes!
3D Educational Solutions’ Zoomcast
The authors of *Grammar and Style Choices for College Writers have a different method of teaching grammar to struggling writers, one that helps students and others produce the academic writing expected in and after high school. The authors’ combined expertise is grounded in research and teaching experience at the college level. In our 3D Zoomcast, they discuss their non-traditional approach, “meaning-focused grammar,” and how this approach works.
*Available in 2022 via Rutledge (Publisher) and online.
Get answers to these questions
- How does this alternative approach to teaching grammar work?
- What kind of grammatical knowledge do students need?
- Have there been any formal studies of this approach?
Dr. Olga Griswold
Dr. Olga Griswold holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. She has taught EFL, ESL, Composition for Multilingual Speakers, and Linguistics since 1992. Since 2007, her professional home has been in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches undergraduate courses in English Grammar, Syntax, Language Acquisition, and Sociolinguistics. At the graduate level, she specializes in Grammar for TESOL. Olga has two primary research interests: language ideology in L2 classrooms and the grammatical competence of English-dominant multilingual speakers. She has published and presented extensively on both topics.
Jennie Watson, B.A., M.A.
Jennie Watson’s passion for language and teaching began when she was living in Bulgaria for 18 months. After experiencing life as a second-language learner and volunteer teaching English classes to Bulgarian natives, she pursued a B.A. and then M.A. in English with a dual emphasis in rhetoric/composition and teaching English as a second language. Since graduating in 2012, she has put all her education to work, teaching monolingual, multilingual, and international students. She currently teaches composition and critical thinking at Cal Poly Pomona and Norco College and is actively involved in professional organizations for educators like herself. She served on the board of directors of CATESOL (an organization for teachers of English as a second language) as well as site chair and program chair for regional and annual (state-wide) conferences. She believes in accessible, empowering education for students and educators.